A simple keyboard-generated string pad can add much. But no matter how good the keyboard is anyone with much of an ear can tell it's an attempt to fake a real string section. Yet a live-player string section of session quality players can run $1,000 to $2,000 per song just to pay the talent, let alone studio costs!
Unless it's a major label funded project, that's too expensive. Indie artists, songwriters and record companies can't afford those lofty costs.
I've found that a mix of keyboard-generated and live strings- typically violins, often viola and cello- is a great compromise! Instead of a fake sounding "quickie string part" to fill out the sound, it actually becomes its own thing as the arrangement manifests and the parts intertwine.
I produced the strings above as well as on the no-vocal rough mix of "The Call" in the sidebar to your right and can do something similar on strings for your song for under $300! That's under $300 total including arranging the parts, talent and studio time!
Listen as the two live violins follow the single keyboard string part, play together, double the lead guitar part in spots, and often play counterpoint to each other.
I think you'll find it amazing.
Interested? If you need something beyond what you're hearing here, more complex or more lengthy, send your rough quick mix and request a quote on "a blend of keyboard-generated and live strings" to NashTraxStudios@gmail.com
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